Blue chip junior college recruit commits to Louisville
As soon as Chris Jones made it back to Northwest Florida in Niceville, Fla. from his weekend visit to Louisville, his coaches could tell a commitment was imminent.
The 5-foot-11 floor general said he'd had a good time but nobody wanted to push the four-star junior college point guard into rushing things.
"He came back from his visit and I could tell he liked it and wanted to do it," said Northwest Florida coach Steve Forbes. "Coach Pitino was great and didn't try to get him to pop and we just told him to sleep on it.'
What Forbes did do, though, was set up a Monday morning meeting with his star point guard and ask him what he wanted to do with his recruitment at this point.
"We sat down and I asked him how he feels about Louisville," Forbes told Rivals.com. "He said Coach I want to go to Louisville so I said let's call Pitino."
One of the top players in the junior college ranks, Jones is an impact player. He can run a team, he scores and he plays with incredible intensity. On top of that, he's a proven winner.
"I think Chris Jones is a fierce competitor who is a winner," said Forbes. "He won a state championship in high school, played for a national championship in junior college and now has put himself into a position to play for one at a four year school. Most junior college kids don't get to do that.
"And, he gets to play for a hall of fame coach in Rick Pitino."
Jones joins a Louisville recruiting class that already includes four-star shooting guard Anton Gill and four-star point guard Terry Rozier who is doing a prep school year after signing as a class of 2012 recruit.